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City Council Debates If Philadelphia Needs More Taxicabs

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Mike Dunn Mike Dunn
Mike Dunn is City Hall bureau chief for KYW Newsradio 1060. He covers...
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By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)—City Council is planning a hearing to decide if Philadelphia needs more taxicabs.

Councilman-at-large David Oh thinks the city should have more cabs and nicer ones.

“If you increase the number of cabs, especially cabs that are clean, modern, fuel-efficient, then you increase your ridership.”

Oh is planning a hearing on the issue and plans to call officials of the Parking Authority, who now control taxis and limos in the city.

Cab owners would also likely show up to argue that they have trouble making ends meet and would suffer more with increased competition.

Oh says the issue for him is the riders, not the owners.

“So I think the real question is not whether there are more or less medallions, the issue is: per medallion, are you maximizing the value to the investor, and more importantly the value to the ridership and the citizens.”

So far, no date has been set for the hearing.

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